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Sony FeliCa technology to be used with Octupus in Hong Kong

Friday 11 October 2013 | 09:41 AM CET

Japanese electronic services provider Sony has unveiled that mobile services incorporating its FeliCa, a contactless IC card technology, are set to be used with Octopus Card Limited (OCL), a Hong Kong contactless smart card payment service used for public transport and retail payment.

Sony is also collaborating with other SIM manufacturers to incorporate FeliCa-compatible technology in NFC SIM cards. NFC SIM cards are SIM devices that deliver card service functionality for NFC-compatible mobile phones in a multi-application format.

This joint development with Octopus is set to enable users to access the same services as those offered by the conventional Octopus cards and products, by installing the FeliCa-based Applet for Octopus payment services on the NFC SIM card supplied by Gemalto, and inserting this NFC SIM into their NFC-capable smartphone.

At the time these services commence, the compatible handsets are set to be from Sony Xperia models, including Xperia V, Z, ZR, Z Ultra(3G), Z Ultra(LTE) and Z1, fitted with one of these SIM cards and with a subscription of local mobile network operator PCCW-HKT's paid mobile service plan. These handsets are set to enable users to use Hong Kong’s popular Octopus services for public transport or retail payment by tapping their smartphone on the Octopus card reader.

FeliCa contactless IC card technology has been built into mobile phones in Japan since 2004. A number of card services have been developed, including public transport tickets, electronic money and various types of ID services.

In recent news, Dutch digital security company Gemalto has entered an agreement with Sony to provide FeliCa / Near Field Communication (NFC) services on a global scale.

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